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1973 Lotus Elan Sprint Twin Cam

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Make: Lotus
Model: Elan
Country: USA
Region: NY
City: Buffalo
Zip: 14208
Body Style: Coupe
Year: 1973
Mileage: 20082 Miles
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Gasoline
Doors: 2
Color: Red
Engine: Four cylinder Lotus twin cam
Condition: Used
I purchased this car about three years ago from a dealer with the intention of doing some cosmetic restoration, but life changed. It’s believed the slightly over 20,000 miles shown on the odometer are original. The car had been off the road since 1989 before the dealer reconditioning and my purchase. I was told that I am the second long term owner from new. Original cars like this are almost nonexistent.

BODY: The fiberglass body itself is in amazing original condition with no accident repairs evident anywhere. The paint appears to be completely original (except for the bumpers) with minimal stress cracks, but is tired and old as can be expected, with only a little of the original gloss left. All the glass appears to be date-correct original in excellent overall condition.

CHASSIS: Original Lotus chassis.

INTERIOR:. Original Colin Chapman “autographed” steering wheel is in very good condition. Seats, carpets, console and door panels are excellent for their age. Seat belts are new. Wood dash is in poor condition as seen in the photos but a brand-new burled wood dash from Prestige Autowood is included. Dash top is very good with no cracks. Headliner is tired and would benefit from replacement.

ENGINE: Original engine and Stromberg cylinder head runs very strong with new plugs, electronic ignition and gear reduction starter. Approximately 140 compression in all 4 cylinders and excellent oil pressure. Original exhaust manifold with aftermarket dual-outlet muffler.

TRANSMISSION: Original four-speed Lotus. Shifts nicely with the “electric switch” precision associated with these cars. Recent heavy duty clutch operates as it should, without chatter or slip.

DIFFERENTIAL and DRIVETRAIN, STEERING and SUSPENSION: Front and rear suspension rebuilt with all bushings and hardware replaced along with ball joints and tie rods. New Rotoflex couplings. Excellent steering, ride and handling with no shake, play or other issues.

WHEELS and TIRES: Four new Vredestein Sprint 155x13 radials. Original Lotus steel “knock-on” type wheels. Spare wheel but no spare tire is included.

BRAKES: Fluid just flushed. New pistons, seals, gaskets and O rings. New hoses. Excellent pedal pressure and feel. Handbrake needs new pads and adjustment.

ELECTRICAL: Has the original 12v generator charging system. All gauges, lights, signals, fan, wipers in proper operating condition with the exception of an inoperative fuel gauge. Power windows working properly. Headlights stay down for only a short time after the engine is switched off. I understand this is typical of the cars with the “failsafe” system.

COOLING SYSTEM: Original radiator with electric fan. Hoses are in good shape. Have had no overheating issues with this car.

FUEL SYSTEM: New alloy fuel tank. Original Zenith-Stromberg carbs.

Remember, this is a 45 year old used car and is being sold as-is with any existing faults, whether known or unknown. The above description is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Thank you
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